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The Composer Chronicles

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Stephen Trygar delves into the stories of composers past and present and their works. Each episode focuses on a particular work by the featured composer and examines their life during the time the piece was written and performed. Through these tales, you're invited to explore each composers' legacy and their impact in keeping the world entertained. Once a month, a living composer will be a featured guest, sharing their own stories.

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Stephen Trygar delves into the stories of composers past and present and their works. Each episode focuses on a particular work by the featured composer and examines their life during the time the piece was written and performed. Through these tales, you're invited to explore each composers' legacy and their impact in keeping the world entertained. Once a month, a living composer will be a featured guest, sharing their own stories.

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Latest release on Jan 20, 2021

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Rank #1: Ep. 34: J. M. Gerraughty

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American composer J. M. Gerraughty informs listeners that the path to becoming a composer is sometimes the road less traveled. He shares the struggles of trying to maintain balance between working a full time job, raising a family, and keeping up with promoting his work on social media, but composition is always there as a creative outlet for him. Sometimes the passion is all the reason to keep doing what we love.

Featured piece: Slant of Light
http://www.jmgerraughty.com/slant-of-light/

Where to find J. M. and his music:
Website: http://www.jmgerraughty.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/j-m-gerraughty
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmgerraughty

Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

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Jan 20 2021

1hr 13mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 33: Treasure in the Wreckage - Smyth and The Wreckers

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How far are you willing to go to get you want? Dame Ethel Smyth was determined to get her opera The Wreckers produced the way that she wanted. Although the opera was written in French, she had no luck with being able to premiere the opera on French stages, relying on her contacts in Leipzig to get the opera produce in a German translation, but future productions of the opera would only get more and more difficult to produce.

Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout!

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Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

Music used in this episode:
Occurrence by Martin Gauffin
Absent Clouds by Stefan Belrose
Clouds Brush the Prairie by Trevor Kowalski
Divinity by Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen
Peut-être by Franz Gordon
Liberate by Peter Sandberg

Sources use for this episode:
Streaks of Life by Ethel Smyth
"Dame Ethel Smyth" by Sophie Fuller, American Symphony Orchestra - https://americansymphony.org/concert-notes/the-wreckers-1904/
The New Penguin Opera Guide by Amanda Holden

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Jan 13 2021

29mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 32: Repose en paix - Fauré and His Requiem

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A Requiem, a Catholic Mass of the Dead, is typically written by a composer when someone is dying or in remembrance of someone who has already died; however, Gabriel Fauré wrote his Requiem for no one, altering it to be a Requiem of peace rather than fear.

Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout!

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Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

Music used in this episode:
Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, I. Introit and Kyrie by Gabriel Fauré
Aeternum by Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen
Drift Off by Martin Gauffin
Life on the Mainland by Infinity Ripple
Squaric by Martin Gauffin
Yrsa by Infinity Ripple
Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, VII. In Paradisum by Gabriel Fauré

Sources used for this episode:
Gabriel Fauré by Robert Orledge
Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 by Gabriel Faure (Scores) on the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP): https://imslp.org/wiki/Requiem,Op.48(Faur%C3%A9,_Gabriel)

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Jan 06 2021

25mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 31: Devotion - Poulenc and Dialogues des Carmélites

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In the darkest times, we all need something we can turn to for guidance and peace. During one of the most difficult times of his life, Francis Poulenc turned towards his spirituality and the Roman Catholic church, and he embedded his faith into the opera he was composing at the time, Dialogues des Carmélites.⁣ 

Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! 

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Music used in this episode:
Luminesence by Trevor Kowalski
Calm Before the Storm by Howard Harper-Barnes
Lumina by Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen 

Sources used for this episode: A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker

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Dec 30 2020

22mins

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Rank #5: *BONUS* - Ep. 30: Christmas Music from Around the World (Collection 1)

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This time of year, our ears are filled with the sounds of holiday music on repeat, but do we know where they came from? This Christmas Eve, enjoy the origins and histories of some of the world's most famous Christmas songs and carols, including "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," "O Tannenbaum," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night." 

"Jingle Bells" original chorus melody: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:One_Horse_Open_Sleigh_chorus_notation.jpg#/media/File:One_Horse_Open_Sleigh_chorus_notation.jpg

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Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! 

Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

Music used in this episode:
"Jingle Bells" (Jazz Edition) by James Lord Pierpont, arr. Dexter Green
"O Tannenbaum" arr. Johannes Bornlof
"Silent Night" by Franx Xaver Gruber, arr. One Man Quartet
"O Holy Night" by Adolphe Adam, arr. Johannes Bornlof
A Sleigh Ride Into Town by Howard Harper-Barnes
A Winter's Night by Etienne Roussel
Angels in the Mist by Etienne Roussel
Christmas Wonders by Howard Harper-Barnes
Falling Snow by Mike Franklyn
Just One Wish by Brightarm Orchestra
On Christmas Morning by Howard Harper-Barnes

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Dec 24 2020

41mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 29: A Figment of the Imagination - Prokofiev and Lieutenant Kijé

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Yury Tynyanov’s fictitious adaptation of a non-existent lieutenant who rises through the ranks in the army of a true historical emperor of Russia was brilliantly adapted for film by the Soviet film director Aleksandr Faintsimmer. Today, this film, Lieutenant Kijé, has fallen to the wayside, but composer Sergei Prokofiev’s ingenious score for the film has certainly persisted and remains as one of the most popular concert suites performed in concerts today.

Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

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Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

Music used in this episode:
"March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn
Patchwork by Ever So Blue
And We Walk After by Trevor Kowalski
Micro Evolution by Howard Harper-Barnes

Sources used for this episode:
Creating the Lieutenant Kizhe Suite (sprkfv.net)

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Dec 23 2020

26mins

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Rank #7: *UNLOCKED* - Unscripted: 1. Mysteries, Musings, and Masquerades (November 2020)

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Unscripted is back and stronger than ever! With new music by Andrew Gavin, new cover art by host Stephen Trygar, and a new structure to the show, you're invited behind the scenes of the making of The Composer Chronicles in a podcast that is, unlike The Composer Chronicles, unscripted.

Andrew’s Info:
Website: www.ajbgmusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewgavincomposer
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewgavincomposer/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6jtO1mGJMfCTsqyPdOER7H
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9lhJrZ0VN6Yn8PxK17BJww

If you've enjoyed this episode, become a member on Patreon to get every episode of Unscripted!
https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

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Dec 18 2020

29mins

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Rank #8: Ep. 28: Dani Howard

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British composer and orchestrator Dani Howard shares her brilliant story of becoming a composer whilst describing what it's like to be a composer of New Music who is trying to reshape the genre and make it more accessible to audiences all around the world.

Featured Piece: Coalescence
Provided to the podcast by the composer. Recorded by BBC Radio 3 with Vasily Petrenko conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Other Music: Vino Encores - Clarinet and Trumpet

Where to find Dani and her music:
Website: https://danihoward.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD5-cIqfxWY
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/danihoward

Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout!

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Dec 16 2020

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 27: The Devil in the Details - Tchaikovsky and Cherevichki

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Convinced that his opera Vakula the Smith was going to prove that he wasn't a flop, Tchaikovsky did everything he could to ensure that a production of his "precious child" would follow through and be a success, even if he had to make major changes and rename it to Cherevichki.

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Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout!

Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

Music used in this episode:
"Waltz" from Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Colors of the Moon by Mandala Dreams
Travels of a Snowflake by Calm Shores
Enlightenment by Yonder Dale

Sources used in this episode:
The Life and Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky by Modest Tchaikovsky, edited and translated by Rosa Newmarch
The Diaries of Tchaikovsky, translated by Wladimir Lakond
Cherevichki - Tchaikovsky Research (tchaikovsky-research.net)

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Dec 09 2020

26mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 26: Movie Night (Reel 2): The Wonderful Music of Disney with Andrew Gavin

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There's something very unique about a Disney song. Why is it that all around the world, you could ask someone to just sing a song from any Disney movie? What makes a Disney score and soundtrack so unique from other production companies and studios? Composer Andrew Gavin and host Stephen Trygar attempt to answer these questions and more by breaking down the distinct qualities and processes of creating these scores and soundtracks.

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Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles

Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com/potential-sign-up offer code chronpodcast.

Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

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Dec 02 2020

53mins

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